FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An educational program aimed at keeping
high-performing teens in Kentucky after college can help another 28
students this year thanks to a $100,000 donation.
Two anonymous donors wanted to help the program as it deals with
funding cuts from the state, said Aris Cedeno, the academic
coordinator of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program. This
year's 28 new students brings the program's total to 1,077, Cedeno
"Many students, many students and parents were so happy that
that happened," Cedeno said in a telephone interview.
Cedeno said the donors surfaced last week following a story by
The Associated Press about the budget cuts.
The program, like the rest of Kentucky's state government, is
facing tight financial times because of state budget cuts. It
operates through a mixture of public and private funding.
Economic forecasters have predicted the state is facing a $900
million drop in state revenue over the next two fiscal years that
begin on July 1. Kentucky lawmakers recently passed a two-year, $19
billion state budget that includes funding cuts for higher
education and other government programs.